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Advisory Council —The West Virginia Advisory Council for the Education of Exceptional Children (WVACEEC) is mandated by state Code §18-20-6 and charged in part with advising decision makers regarding the unmet needs of exceptional children which includes students with disabilities and students identified as gifted.  The mission adopted by the Council is to influence the State Board of Education, public policy makers, and West Virginia’s citizens in ways that continuously improve educational outcomes for children with exceptionalities.

The Council meets monthly in various locations across the state to seek input and gain information about programs and services for exceptional students.  Local media, local and regional special education administrators, Parent Educator Resource Centers, principals, superintendents, school board members, school improvement councils, faculty senates and community members are informed about scheduled meetings.  The Council produces an annual report to the WV Board of Education with recommendations.

Meeting Dates
(2016 - 2017)
Date Location Presenter
September Braxton RESA 4
October WVSDB RESA 8
November Raleigh RESA 1
December Logan RESA 2
February Wetzel RESA 6
March Lewis RESA 7
May Annual Work Session


Council Staff:
Susan A. White at, 304-796-4937, or 304-222-5885(c)
Kristin Clendinning at, 304-746-8966 x 68966 or 800-642-9842 x 68966

Marshall University Graduate College
100 Angus E. Peyton Dr.
South Charleston, WV 25303

Council Members
John Milliman, Chair WV Schools for the Deaf and the Blind
Kathy Stonemark, Co-Chair, Fayette Co. Parent
Jeff McCroskey, Community Access, Community Transition Specialist
Dr. Vincent Schmidt, Superintendent of Schools, Dioceses Wheeling Charleston, Parent
Dr. Matthew Dotson, Superintendent, Hardy Co. Schools
Rebecca Derrenge, WVDE, McKinney Vento, Homeless Students Specialist
Patricia Homberg, WVDE, Executive Director Office of Special Education
Brenda Lamkin, WV Parent Training and Information, Parent
Ashley Mann, Monroe Co. Gifted Teacher, Parent
Kelly Miller, Lincoln Co. Parent
Dr. Conrae Lucas Adkins, Marshall University, Psychology Department
Michelle Norweck, Cabell Co. Fair Shake Network, Parent
Susan A. White, Executive Director, WVACEEC
Kristin Clendinning, Adm. Assistant